UPDATE (5/31): Santa Clara County's current shelter-in-place order was updated on May 22nd, and the revision does not have an ending date at present. We are currently just starting in Stage 2. The consensus among the board is that we will wait to reopen until Stage 4 has been announced for Santa Clara County. We will discuss more specific potential reopening dates once Stage 3 has begun. At that time we will send out a survey/poll to ECR members to ask what they would be comfortable doing and when.
Given the increasingly severe nature of the COVID-19/coronavirus situation, and after consulting with other clubs facing similar challenges. the board of El Camino Reelers is suspending all club dancing until further notice.
Please know that this hiatus is not being undertaken lightly. Our club's demographics closely mirror those of individuals at high risk to contract COVID-19.
The only proven method in other countries to slow the spread of the virus to a level which is potentially manageable by our health care system is to utilize "social distancing". This means avoiding group situations such as dancing, theater, concerts, and even crowded public spaces such as restaurants or bars or stores.
We are not the only square dance club to go on hiatus. Clubs in Boston, Seattle, Portland and other areas have cancelled dancing. Foggy City recently announced their own hiatus through at least April 6th and other bay area clubs have taken similar steps. Our friends in the contra community all over the country are facing the same challenge, and many of the local contra dances are being placed on hiatus pending a resolution of the current crisis.
To echo a sentiment expressed by Foggy City's board: Losing even one square dancer to this crisis is not acceptable.
Please do your best to remain safe and healthy. Wash your hands, keep a four-foot distance from others in public when you can, stay home if you feel ill.
When this situation is over, we will return to doing what we all love: dancing in celebration.
Club Night Changes
Due to declining club night attendance, and based on feedback from the February survey, El Camino Reelers is moving all club dancing to Tuesday nights. Dancing will be extended from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, with both Plus and Advanced tips. During blast class runs, we will work class-level tips into the mix as well.
All of our current club callers will be offered the opportunity to continue rotating through the Tuesday night calendar, subject to their availability.
When we return from hiatus, regular club nights and the monthly Fun Nights held at St. Andrews (twice a quarter) will move to Tuesday nights. We are retaining the quarterly Friday Fun Nights at the Billy De Frank Center in San Jose, as those appear to be successfully reaching a different audience segment than our Palo Alto Fun Nights.